Archives de Catégorie: Insolite

« Le roi de la jungle urbaine ? »

Créer de nouvelles races canines, pour créer de nouvelles modes… comme le « labracaniche » – un croisement entre un labrador et un caniche… et avec des effets secondaires… surréalistes =

King of the urban jungle? ‘Lion on the loose’ in suburbia turns out to be adorable Labradoodle

A lion on the loose caused panic when local residents spotted it prowling the streets.

Police in the town of Norfolk, Virginia, were alerted to the dangerous beast and were so concerned they urgently contacted the local zoo to see whether one of their big cats had escaped.

When the zoo confirmed that none of its lions had broken free worried officers sent out a crack squad, only to find that an entirely different animal was wandering the streets.

The ‘fearsome predator’ in question was in fact ‘Charles, the Monarch’, a friendly Labradoodle whose fur had been shaved to resemble a giant cat.

The four-year-old dog was given the bizarre haircut to look like the mascot of Old Dominion University, which the owner’s daughter attends.

Local businessman Daniel Painter said ‘Charles’ had been regularly mistaken for a lion.

He said: « I tell people he’s a Lab-a-lion, and half the people believe that. »

Daniel’s daughter Natalie, added: « I’m like the girl behind the lion dog around campus. I love how school spirited my dad and dog have become.

« Charles has been a key feature on campus for a few years now, and we would like to see him be recognised by the university.

« I’ll sit on campus to do homework and look up to see a crowd of students and faculty running after Charles with cameras in hand.

« It’s remarkable how involved the community has become with my dog. »

The Labradoodle is well known in the area and has 12,000 likes on his Facebook page.


La poodle avec l’accent français

Il y aurait beaucoup à dire (et redire) sur le comportement des Anglais avec leurs animaux en général, et leurs chiens en particulier. Comme je m’intéresse à la culture populaire et que mon sujet d’étude actuel traite de la relation « homme chien », voici le trailer de l’émission « Top Dog Model » qui passe en ce moment sur ITV :

Un nouveau chien starifié par la télévision

Hier, nouveau numéro avec un chien – les anglais en sont coutumiers et en raffolent – au programme de Britain’s Got Talent sur ITV. C’est très mignon, mais attention aux effets secondaires… pour l’animal.

De la viande In Vitro, bon appétit !

Lorsque je lis – ci-dessous article du journal The Guardian – qui se charge, et avec quoi, de trouver une alternative in vitro à la viande in vivo actuelle… Franchement, ça ne donne pas envie !

Autre interrogation : Pourquoi l’organisation PETA donne une récompense seulement concernant la « viande » au goût de poulet ? Pourtant, particulièrement aux US, il existe un symbole fort du bœuf/burger, souvent associé à McDo et Burger King. Tandis que le poulet – viande sans symbolique forte à l’instar du bœuf – est associé aux nuggets et à KFC. PETA cherche-t-il à « déranger » plutôt KFC que McDo/Burger King ?

La question du rôle des industriels est à soulever d’autant plus que l’on constate, dans l’article, qu’ils sont cités comme autant « intéressés » par la fabrication de cette viande que PETA. Pas surprenant que ces deux lobbies se rejoignent dans un même système de pensée : la disparition des animaux.

Avec PETA et ses acolytes, on sait que la viande a déjà été remplacée par celle de femmes animales.

Race to serve up artificial chicken for a $1m prize
John Vidal
*, Saturday 21 January 2012 22.00 GMT

A small group of people will meet in Washington later this year for what they hope will be a lunch to change the world. The meal should consist of fried chicken and nothing else, but while it may look like chicken, have the texture of chicken and even taste like chicken, it will never have lived or breathed.

Five years ago Peta, the world’s largest animal welfare group, gave scientists until 30 June 2012 to prove they could make « cultured », or laboratory meat, in commercial quantities. The first scientist to show that artificial chicken can be grown in quantity and be indistinguishable from « real » chicken flesh will be awarded $1m.

« We really do not know who will apply, » said Ingrid Newkirk, president and founder of Peta. « Five years ago I thought no one would. But I cannot tell any more. There is a real chance someone will claim the reward. A lot of researchers are keeping very quiet and have their cards close to their chest. Progress is being made. They are overcoming obstacles. We are very optimistic. »

Leading the race to show that it is possible is Mark Post, head of the department of vascular physiology at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. Post has been given $300,000 by the Dutch government and by an anonymous donor, believed by Newkirk to be a media magnate, to develop his stem cell research. He has claimed he will produce a synthetic beefburger this year.

Post cannot win the Peta prize because he is working with beef, not chicken, but he has successfully grown strips of meat a few centimetres long. But his work is slow and it is proving hard to grow the meat any thicker or in large quantities.

Another group of scientists, at Utrecht university in the Netherlands, is experimenting with stem cells harvested from embryos. One stem cell could potentially produce tonnes of meat, with all the stem cells from one cow being enough to feed an entire country.

« But this is very complex science and harder than we thought. We have found we cannot yet cultivate cells from embryos, only in principle from adult animals and then not very efficiently. I think it is a decade away and we need research money, » said Bernard Roelen, professor of veterinary science.

Coming from a different direction is US scientist Vladimir Mironov, former director of the Nasa-funded Bioprinting research centre at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, but now working with a Brazilian meat company. Mironov works with tissue engineering and has taken embryonic muscle cells from turkeys, bathed them in a bovine serum and successfully grown muscle tissue, but only in very small quantities.

Mironov is certain tissue-engineered meat will eventually be developed: « Of course there are people who think this is Frankenstein food. They see it as unnatural, but there is nothing unnatural here. We use animal cells and grow them in a cultured media. The only difference is that we don’t kill any animals. » The first-generation products are most likely to be chopped meat, with a long-term goal to grow muscle tissue. Potentially, any animal’s muscle tissue could be grown through the in vitro process, as well as milk, cheese and eggs. So far all the meat « made » has been nearly colourless, tasteless and lacking texture. Scientists may have to add fat and even lab-grown blood and colourants.

Professor Julie Gold, a biological physicist at Chalmers technical university in Gothenburg, Sweden, said it could take years before commercialisation. « There is very little funding. What it needs is a crazy rich person. »

But the prize of being able to one day grow hundreds of tonnes of meat from stem cells is potentially vast, say animal welfare groups and food manufacturers. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation expects world consumption of meat to double between 2000 and 2050, and last year the Royal Society said the challenge of increasing global food supplies could require « novel » solutions like artificial meat.

Cultured meat has the added advantage of requiring far less energy and space to grow. Analysis by scientists from Oxford and Amsterdam last year showed the process could be engineered to use only 1% of the land and 4% of the water compared with conventional meat.

For vegetarians, the prize is less animal suffering. « More than 40bn chickens, fish, pigs and cows are killed every year for food in the US alone, in horrific ways. In vitro meat would spare animals from this suffering, » said Newkirk.

* © 2012 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved.

Des cochons dans une cage à chien

L’année 2011 aura été celle des cochons, 2012 commence avec des jouets porcelets en caoutchouc pour toutou, dans une cage à chien… Un signe prémonitoire, sans doute.

Un sac bien gardé…

Photos prises pendant la visite d’une exposition canine (Désolée pour leur mauvaise qualité).

Il faut savoir qu’il n’y a pas de consignes pour permettre aux exposants d’y déposer leurs affaires personnelles. Une exposante trouva la meilleure solution pour faire garder – en toute sécurité – son sac !

Le Pastafarisme, bientôt reconnue religion officielle en Autriche ?

Dans la rubrique : « osons… »

Pasta strainers are now considered suitable religious headgear in Austria … at least as far as the transport authorities are concerned.

Three years after applying for a new driver’s licence, an Austrian man has finally received the laminated card. And the picture shows him sporting an upturned pasta strainer on his head.

Niko Alm’s driving licence.

The stunt got him an invitation to the doctor’s to check he was mentally fit to drive, but after three years, Alm’s efforts have paid off.

He now wants to apply for Pastafarianism to become an officially recognised faith in Austria.